Hi all. Many thanks for joining me on my creative journey. Today I’d like to share with you a compilation of my magazine commissions during 2016. I have been very honoured to work with the amazing editors at Practical Publishing Ltd, who have given me many opportunities to create and showcase my style through projects in their magazines
Hello, welcome to my first blog post for 2017 (I think!). Today i have been playing with Cosmic Shimmer Pixie Powders, trying them out on coloured cardstock. What do you think of the result, I just love it. I love how subtle they become in the background, letting the beauty of the mica catch the light.
I don’t usually, go to pink as my first choice but this Raspberry foundation card is so vibrant i thought it would be fab to team it with crisp white. I sprinkled two Cosmic Shimmer Pixie powders over an A4 sheet and activated the pigment with water. I was quite liberal with the powders just in case on the bright background they didn’t show, and I think I got the balance just right. I used Aubergine Dream & Burnt Orange – give it a try at home you’ll be so impressed at the effect and how the light changes the background.
I wanted to achieve crisp lines, and Sue Wilson’s Perspectives word dies are perfect. For me, the addition of the black stamping in the background lifts the entire design and completes the perfect colour combination.
I aim to find new ways to use the supplies I have and an idea came into my head ‘what would pixie powders look like on a coloured cardstock?’. I should say at this point, I sat down originally with a different idea!
I have embossed the flower heads in white embossing powder directly onto the pixie powder background. I wanted to show the versatility of stamps by Creative Expressions. The flowers, with accompanying dies are part of Sue Wilson’s festive collection, and are actually Christmas Roses (and their leaves)….. you wouldn’t have guessed would you?
I always stamp and cut two lots of flowers so I can choose the best for my project. I was able to use all of them and managed to create a second card, sticking to the same theme.
Many of you will either have snow at Christmas this year or are wishing for it, my sister wishes for it every year, but living in Devon very rarely see’s it unfortunately.
My Design Team Entry
I have created my snow effect on an acetate sheet. I have mixed unicorn sparkles into Super Thick Slap It On medium and applied it to acetate through the textures stencil. When the slap it on has dried it will be transparent and the sparkles glisten through as if it is snow. These two products combined are fabulous and I love working with them both. Mixed together they create a super snowy effect.
I have domed the acetate to create a 3D effect in front of a woodland scene. I really enjoy using tree stamps, and am always exploring alternative ways in which to use them and to create believe landscape scenes. by using acetate I was able to use more tree images without layering them on top of one another. When you are building your layers with stamps it is really important not to lose too much of the detail of the images.
Using tree stamps from the A6 Winterland Wood set, I have created a scene in the background onto IndigoBlu paper using Peacock Feathers Distress ink. I just loved the richness of the colour in the design paper, and teamed it with a teal cardstock. The background scene takes the landscape structure from the paper, and the woodland created by the varying style of tree. The colour is quite alternative for a christmas theme, but works….in my opinion anyway :-D.
To accent the card I have used Tim Holtz sissix ‘Holiday Greens’ dies, again using shades of teal to continue the colour scheme.
Many thanks for joining me today. I’d like to extend many festive wishes to you.
Hello, today I wanted to share some embossing techniques with you. I have used the pixie powder background that I created in my last post. This piece has been sitting on my desk drying, and along with some other off cuts I had laying around, I was able to pull together a couple of really sweet cards.
Below I have put together a video, and especially for those of you who are new to papercrafting particularly heat embossing. It is a favourite technique of all the papercrafters I know. I don’t think i will ever tire of watching the magical moment when the embossing powder turns into it’s molten state.
This time of year we are concentrated on batch cardmaking, creating designs that are quick and simple to make….yet remain stylish.
Creating a co ordinating collection
As you can see there is a theme running through the cards above. Reminding you of the card I made in my last post, you will see that I have again used pixie powders and stamps.
Using a couple of different embossing techniques, these cards are so quick to assemble and are really fun to make. The focal image and colour theme can be changed up, but still allow you to create a co ordinating collection.
Embossing techniques on a pixie powder background, youtube video
Many thanks for joining me today, hope to see you again soon
I couldn’t wait to share this with you today. There are so many ways to use all of these products, and I wanted to create a card with a Scandanavian / Nordic style, I am loving the clean lines and uncluttered style this year. it’s not often I choose to use red, but this shades tones so well with the icy blues.
I stamped and coloured with watercolor crayons with under tones of grey. The card is lifted by adding a pop of colour with the pixie powder ‘Teal Wash’ it tones beautifully with the images and the foundation card I used to make the card blank (Aqua & Cornflower foundation card). I use the christmas borders to stamp a repeating pattern in the back ground, using Hickory Smoke distress ink, much subtler than going with black.
The sparkles come by mixing the Unicorn Sparkles in super thick Slap It On and spreading it through the Vintage Frame Stencil, making it look like a magical rainbow. The amazing thing about using the super thick Slap it On is that as it dries it becomes transparent, so you get the dimension that shows off any medium you have mixed into it – in this case all the glittering unicorn sparkles.
I have made ‘Jewel’ the Unicorn glisten by painting her with blue Luscious powder. It is so hard to capture in the photograph the beauty of the sparkle, but any of you who have used the Unicorn sparkles or Luscious powder will know how fabulous they look in real life.
The blue backdrop has been created by splashing water onto a distressed ink background, and ‘mopping up’ the splashes.
Really looking forward to what you all create for this challenge, hope you can join us.
IndigoBlu Supplies used..
Thanks for joining me today, hope to see you again soon.
Today I have created another piece for IndigoBlu and the November Monochrome challenge. I have a real weakness for nature based stamps, especially trees and in this new set Kay has given us more beautiful images to play with. Choosing pink as my colour I have created a woodland scene as the setting for the magnificent decorated Stag.
I created a background with a layer of Marshmallow acrylic paint. I mixed a small amount of copper luscious powder with super thick slap it on, and applied it through the Laurel leaf stencil, leaving it all the dry.
I have used just one Distress Ink colour, crushed olive. Distress inks are perfect to use for this kind of look because by applying just one colour of ink in different ways you can change its look completely. Apply the ink with a blending foam, a mildly damp wet wipe, on a stamp or direct to paper and you will be able to achieve many different shades and intensity of colour.
Thanks for joining me today, and I hope you can pop by the IndigoBlu blog for more inspiration from the wonderful team.
This is a perfect choice for me, I like autumn – the colours, the frsh bright days, and of course the wildlife. There is a flurry of activity, birds and small mammals become visible in our gardens again after the quiet days of summer.
I have made a DL cards, and chose three distress colours to create a background. IndigoBlu have a perfect stamp set called Nature II that for me sums up autumn in stamps. Wouldn’t it be great if the colour leaf litter that collects through the season is as luscious as the chocolate box Mega-Flakes that I have used here
We are in wedding season, and with Creative Expressions we are showcasing the wonderful products, and our projects that you can make to accessorise your wedding, and remember those special moments. it is very apt, for me to be sharing this post with you this week in particular, because this week I am celebrating my 20th wedding anniversary.
The project i have chosen to create is a wedding guest book. I think it is a lovely idea for this blank paged book to be passed around from guest to guest to jot down and share their thoughts about your special day. I have step by step photo’s for you here, and at the end i have a full list of the Creative Expressions supplies I’ve used.